An Anthem for the World
By Debi Bodett
I first crossed paths with Cantrell 18+ years ago, when I was moving out of Alaska, and she was arriving—that small space in time of 'before' and 'after'. We noticed each other and have remained 'friends of heart,' although never living in the same location.
I've been witness to her intrinsic artistic vision, through her one-of-a-kind reliquaries, song and musical creations, and her latest offering, Chanteling. Mostly, I've noticed how she listens to her heart and follows her intuitions. She lives true to her core with a deep integrity, to be admired.
Where Joy Lives
Cantrell's gift is a direct reflection of her deep inner joy. When we witness that in others, we can sometimes ask, "I see joy there, but where does it live and how can I access it in my life?"
Seeking joy is a lifetime journey. As with all things, we need simply remember again and again, that it's present and always a choice. It gets trickier in the dark times when it's hard to remember or find motivation for anything.
I remembered that little pearl of wisdom during one of my more trying times, when I was having difficulty grasping anything, let alone finding joy. Then I remembered, it doesn't have to be big. It can be one small thing—just one, "Do one thing that makes you happy today."
Picking raspberries was the magic solution. Although raining, I tromped down the block to a raspberry patch, sat under the bush and picked berries. I tagged that moment as 'joy' in my memory—"This is what joy feels like." I've assigned joy to raspberries forever more and bake raspberry pies to celebrate joy in my life.
It feels simple, but I think choosing joy can really be just that simple.
About the Author
Debi Bodett is an independent graphic designer who enjoys connecting people by design.
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